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11 Times Diane Guerrero Used Her Own Experiences to Explain the Problems with U.S. Immigration

At 14 years old, Diane Guerrero came home to an empty house. Mother, father, everyone GONE. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) officers rounded up her family when she was in school and sent them to a detention center. Thanks to her Orange is the New Black fame, Guerrero found a voice to speak out…

1. Kids live in fear.

Baby me on Halloween lol #tbt

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2. Every day is controlled by angst.

Just all kinds of teen angst @redlightpr @2020ave @ericalave

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3. You’re force to plan for the day you will be ripped from your family.

O N F L E E K

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4. The government doesn’t think twice about the children left behind after an immigration raid.

Just when you think, you got me figured out The season's already changing.

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5. Families of deportees are kept in the dark.

6. Becoming a legal citizen is so f—ing tough and it doesn’t get easier.

7. Judges treat immigration cases like more paperwork.

Happy Mother's Day to my one and only. I love you mama ❤️❤️❤️

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8. Most kids left behind end up on the wrong paths.

Don't be fooled, I have a ridiculous amount of chocolate in my pockets. #oitnb #missingmyhomies

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9. The same ones calling for traditional American values hypocritically spend time destroying families.

10. No matter how old you are, it f—ing sucks to be away from your family…

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“We’ve been separated for so long,” Guerrero tearfully told CNN. I feel like sometimes we don’t know each other and that’s difficult because I’ve grown up without them and there’s things about them that are new that I don’t recognize and it just — it hurts.”

11. It’s time for President Obama to stand up for families and against mass deportation.

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